KIM Chan-il



Acrylic on canvas

140 × 140 cm

©KIM Chan-il

Infiniti lines : Recent Works by Kim, Chan-il

November 28 – December 23, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Nov 28, 6 – 8 pm

Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art is pleased to announce the opening on November 28, 2018 of Infiniti lines : Recent Works by Kim, Chan-il.

The artist Kim Chan-il draws lines and then builds upon the idea to transform them to an abstract art that changes with the perception of the person viewing them. It is a landscape viewed from afar. They are representing emotions, music, the shifting seasons.

These works represent a post-painterly abstraction where, by attaching solid content on canvas of colored mixes of pigment, stone powder, and metal powder into the medium and then repeatedly applying acrylic paint, they become solid structures in lines that appear to reach into infinity. The method helps create a sense of shifting natural colors and textures. After completion, the intangible colors and textures are finished with a varnish that becomes like UV coating and that results in the paintings having a new and changing, even mystical, physical property.

Kim Chan-il's works have been described as being ‘on the boundary of sculpture and painting’ and thus obscuring both. Such visual effects are unusually low key but remain powerful, creating unconventional and intense images. Relatively recently, Chan-il has moved his focus from dots to lines and both these influences, as well as the structural component, can be seen in these paintings. The images created are virtual illusive images with their strange texture that strongly stimulates the viewers' eyes and senses, so they almost vibrate. Because of the relief structure given by the innovative method, the visual impact is different depending on the lighting, the angle, and even the viewer’s movement, leading to an almost tactile experience. The resulting geometrical features might be thought of as representations of energy gradually rising, shifting and falling onto and from the surface of the works, with images and colors in synthesis with the viewer's own perspective and emotions.